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16 eloquent rooms, reserve one today!
Equipped with private bath and beds will be your escape from the day's events. Awake to a full southern breakfast prepared by our attentive staff.

Complimentary breakfast is included in all of our rates as well as our "cocktail hour" that we have at 5 pm every day, in which we serve complimentary wine to our guests.

All rooms at the Eola Hotel are non-smoking. However, smoking is permitted on the verandas, galleries and in the courtyard.  Pets 25lbs and under will be accepted with a one-time per visit, non-refundable fee of $50.

All room rates are based on single or double occupancy.  Additional occupancy is $15.00 per person.  Children stay free in room with parents.  Taxes of 10% and a $2.00 per night occupancy fee will be applied to all room rates. 

Rates are subject to change.

Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card.  Cancellations will be accepted up to 24 hours CST prior to arrival.  The credit card used to guarantee your reservation will be charged for the entire stay after 4:00 PM CST, 24 hours prior to your arrival date.  There will be no refunds after the 24 hour cancellation deadline.

Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM


If you will be arriving after 12:00 AM, please notify us in advance to make proper arrangements for access to the house.






John P Walworth

Room: 256
Bed Type: King Four-Poster Rice
John P. Walworth, a merchant and planter, resided at The Burn in the old northern suburbs of the city and served the City of Natchez as both an alderman and mayor.

John P. Walworth was born in Aurora, New York, in 1798 and came to Natchez in 1819, by way of Cleveland, Ohio. He was first employed as a clerk in the Natchez post office but later, with his brother Horace, established a mercantile business in downtown Natchez. In 1827, he married Sarah Wren, the daughter of Woodsen Wren, an early Natchez postmaster and organizer of Masonic Lodges in Mississippi. In 1833, Walworth became president of The Planters Bank and also launched his most lucrative career as a cotton planter. In 1836, he built his mansion residence, The Burn, in the old northern suburbs of the city. Walworth served the City of Natchez as both an alderman and mayor, and, when he died in 1883, he was a venerated and much admired resident of Natchez.
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Count den Bouski Room

Room: 259
Bed Type: Queen Four-Poster
Count Gasmir Dem Bouski, Zouave Pontifical, Died June 30, 1869

Count Gasmir Dem Bouski was a native of Poland. While he was in Rome, he met a beautiful aristocrat, Gertrude Holmes and they became engaged. But, their marriage was not meant to be when Gertrude's father forbad the wedding because of religious differences with the Count. Heartbroken, the couple vowed to stay faithful to each other. Gertrude and her father left Rome and the Count returned to Poland. While in Poland, the Count took an active part in the political issues of the day which eventually resulted in his exile to a foreign land. Not wanting to reveal to Gertrude what he considered to be a disgrace, he came to America under an assumed name and found work which required him to travel. While traveling down the Mississippi River the Count was struck with a fever and died. When they reached Natchez, the Captain, to whom the Count had divulged his identity, contacted the French curate and told him the Count's story. The curate buried the Count on a hillside and, as requested, wrote Gertrude to tell her the sad news and that how through all the years the Count had remained faithful, thinking it best, to keep the truth from her. One morning, the curate was greeted by a beautiful woman heavily draped in the clothes of mourning. In a voice full of anguish she said "Mon Pere, I am Gertrude." After receiving the curate's letter and accompanied by her father, she had come to visit the final resting place of her beloved. Kneeling beside his grave, she renewed her vow to remain faithful until the end. At her request, the stone was to be carved with the inscription. I shall go to him but he shall not return to me. ~ Gertrude
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John R. Lynch

Room: 252
Bed Type: Queen Four-Poster
John R. Lynch was a house slave at a Natchez mansion and became one of the strongest African American political voices in post-Civil War America.

John R. Lynch was born a slave in 1847 on Taconey Plantation, just across the river from Natchez. His owner, A. V. Davis, brought Lynch from the plantation to Dunleith to work as a house servant. In 1869, Lynch became the first African-American to hold public office in Mississippi when he was appointed as a Justice of the Peace. Later, he served in the Mississippi legislature, where he was elected Speaker of the House in 1872. At the age of twenty-five, Lynch began serving his first term in the United States Congress. Admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1894, Lynch also served as president of the first African American bank in Washington, D.C. and paymaster of the United States Army (1898-1908). Later, Lynch turned to writing and, in 1913, his book, The Facts of Reconstruction, was published. Shortly before his death in 1939, he wrote his memoirs, which were published posthumously. (Lynch is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.)
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Louis J. Winston

Room: 257
Bed Type: Queen Four-Poster
A life-size bronze bust adorns the tombstone of Louis J. Winston, who was a prominent African American attorney and founder of both the Colored Building and Loan Association and Woodmen of the Union of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Louis J. Winston was a free African American who was the son of a prominent planter. He became an attorney in post-Civil War Natchez and served as circuit clerk for Adams County for more than twenty years. Winston founded the Colored Building and Loan Association and was the founder and Supreme Grand Master of the Woodmen of the Union of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Winston built a fine, two-story Queen Anne residence on St. Catherine Street in an area that came to be known as Winston's Hill. Louis J. Winston died in 1918, and his gravesite and tombstone are distinguished by a life-size bronze bust sculpted by Isaac Hathaway and dated 1921.
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Lowenburg

Room: 154
Bed Type: Two Full Four-Poster
Isaac Lowenburg came to Natchez with the Union Army, became a successful businessman, and served two terms as the city's first Jewish mayor.

Isaac Lowenburg was born in Germany in 1837. He served in the commissary department of the Union Army and arrived in Natchez when the Union Army occupied the city in the summer of 1863. He soon initiated a friendship with merchant John Mayer, who had earlier immigrated to Natchez from Landau, France, in 1841. Mayer's son Simon was then serving as a major in the Confederate Army, and Mayer's wife and children were not excited about their father bringing a Yankee home to visit. Lowenburg and his friend Henry Frank, who also came to Natchez with the Union Army, soon married two of John Mayer's daughters, Ophelia and Melanie respectively, and eventually became two of the city's most successful businessmen. Before 1880, Lowenburg was elected mayor of Natchez, a position he relinquished after two terms due to ill health. He died in 1888 and is buried on Jewish Hill in the Natchez City Cemetery.
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Octavia Dockery

Room: 158
Bed Type: Queen Four-Poster
Octavia Dockery Mistress of Goat Castle

Octavia was the daughter of General Thomas P. Dockery, a close friend of Ulysses S. Grant. In her twenties, Octavia was a social butterfly attending parties and balls in New Orleans, Vicksburg, Natchez, New York and even Paris. Once an aspiring poet and writer she became house mates with Dick Dana in the abandoned, but once lovely Glenwood. Since neither had any source of income, Octavia began raising farm animals on the grounds of the old plantation. Chickens, geese, and goats roamed about the yard, sometimes finding their way to the porch of the old structure that was badly in need of repair. And so it was that Glenwood became known as The Goat Castle. Dick and Octavia stood accused in 1932 of murdering their reclusive neighbor, Jennie Surget Merrill. Octavia and Dick both loudly proclaimed their innocence. Finally Emily Burns a Natchez resident was convicted of the murder. Octavia and Dick's lives took a definite turn for the better. For a fee of .25, visitors could tour the grounds; for another .25, visitors could actually enter The Goat Castle. Dick, who once held a promising musical career, entertained guests by playing a borrowed piano. Dick Dana died in 1948, a few months before Octivia's death in April, 1949. Both are buried in the Natchez City Cemetery. 
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Rosalie Beekman

Room: 157
Bed Type: Queen Tester
Rosalie Beekman, age seven, was struck by a shell fired from a Union gunboat and became Natchez's only Civil War casualty within the city limits of Natchez.

Rosalie Beekman, the daughter of Jewish immigrants Aaron and Fanny Beekman, was born in Natchez on May 3, 1855 and died September 3, 1862. Rosalie was only seven years old when a Union gunboat, The Essex, bombarded Natchez on September 2, 1862 and took her life. Her death represents the only war casualty to have occurred within the city limits of Natchez during the Civil War. The Essex made a harmless stop at Natchez Under-the-Hill to secure ice and a group of local men became excited and fired on the vessel. One seaman was killed and the officer in command and five seamen were wounded. In retaliation, The Essex shelled the City of Natchez for about an hour. Rosalie and her family were crouched in a building below the bluff and decided to make their way to safety among the hills. Rosalie was struck by a fragment of a flying shell and died twenty-four hours later. Her tombstone in the Natchez City Cemetery reads, "She was killed by a shell, and was the sole victim of the bombardment of Natchez, by the U.S. Navy, September 2nd, 1862."
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Richard Wright

Room: 255
Bed Type: King Four-Poster Rice
Richard Wright was born near Natchez to African American sharecroppers and became one of the twentieth century's most powerful literary voices with the publication of Native Son and Black Boy.

Richard Nathaniel Wright was born near Natchez in 1908 and became one of the world's most powerful African American literary voices. As a young child, Wright lived with his grandparents in a house at 20 Woodlawn Street, which is recognized today by a state historic marker. Wright left Natchez and later lived in Tennessee and Arkansas before attending school in Jackson, where his literary talents first became apparent. While living in Chicago as a young adult, Wright got employment with the Writer's Project of the Works Progress Administration. He left Chicago for New York, where his first collection of fiction was published in 1938 by Harper's. In 1940, Wright shook the literary world with the publication of Native Son, whose Book-of-the-Month selection resulted in impressive sales. In 1943, Wright's autobiographical Black Boy was published to critical acclaim. Always in search of the freedom that eluded him in America, Wright moved in 1947 to Paris, France, where he lived until his death in 1960. (Richard Wright is buried in Paris, France.)
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Stephen Duncan

Room: 258
Bed Type: Queen Four-Poster
Pennsylvanian Stephen Duncan, educated as a physician, arrived in Natchez in 1808 and became the wealthiest cotton planter in the South by the 1850s.

Stephen Duncan was born in Pennsylvania in 1787 and obtained a medical degree before relocating to Natchez in 1808. Like many planters, Duncan used his law profession to launch a more lucrative career as a cotton planter. By the 1850s, Duncan had become the richest cotton planter in the South. In 1827, Duncan acquired the historic mansion, Auburn, which he enlarged and improved to create one of the showplaces of antebellum Natchez. Duncan was adamantly opposed to secession, which he termed a "monstrous idea," and he further wrote that if "the Union is to be dissolved, I for one, would be for selling out my possessions immediately." Duncan left Natchez during the Civil War and died in New York in 1867. In 1911, his heirs donated Auburn and its associated acreage to the City of Natchez for use as a public park. (Duncan is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia.)
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William Martin

Room: 155
Bed Type: King Tester
Attorney William T. Martin was a Unionist who gave the last speech against secession in the Mississippi Legislature and later became Natchez's highest ranking Confederate soldier, one of only five Mississippians to achieve the rank of Major General.

General William T. Martin was born in Kentucky in 1823 and immigrated to Natchez, where he was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1844. In 1851, he represented the family of African American diarist William Johnson as a special prosecutor to try to convict Johnson's murderer. In 1855, he and his wife built the mansion Monteigne, where he lived until his death in 1910. Although a strong Unionist Whig and opposed to the concept of secession, Martin ultimately chose to defend his home state and joined the Confederate Army. According to Martin himself, he gave the last speech against secession in the Mississippi Legislature and was accused of being "unfaithful to the South and not fit to be trusted." Ultimately, Martin became Natchez's highest ranking Confederate soldier, one of five Mississippians to achieve the rank of Major General. After the Civil War, Martin returned to Natchez, where he resumed both the practice of law and his career in state politics. He also served as President of the Natchez, Jackson, & Columbus Railroad. (Martin is buried n the Natchez City Cemetery.)
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The Hiram R. Revels Room

Room: 253
Bed Type: Two Full Four-Poster
Hiram R. Revels was a Natchez minister who became a United States Senator and the first African American to serve in either house of Congress.

Hiram R. Revels was born a free African American in North Carolina in 1822. Like African American diarist William Johnson of Natchez, Revels worked as barber, a popular profession for free blacks. Revels obtained an education in Ohio and Indiana and, in 1845, was ordained a minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church at Baltimore. In 1864, Revels moved to Mississippi, where he assisted the Freedmen's Bureau in establishing schools for newly freed African Americans. By 1866, he had moved to Natchez, where he assumed the pastorate of Zion Chapel A.M.E. Church, whose historic church still stands at the intersection of Jefferson and Martin Luther King Streets. In 1868, Revels accepted an appointment as a Natchez alderman and his foray into local politics propelled him unexpectedly into the United States Senate in 1870. Revels became the first African American to serve in either house of the United States Congress. Revels returned to Mississippi in 1871 and became the first president of Alcorn College, where he served until his death in 1901. (Revels is buried in Holly Springs, Mississippi.)
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The Louise Room

Room: 254
Bed Type: Two Full Four-Poster
This beautiful room includes two full four-poster beds.
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The Newman Room

Room: 151
Bed Type: Queen Tester
Samuel and Jane Newman were the first owners of the Guest House, which was built ca. 1845, and Newman was the grandson and namesake of Samuel Brooks, the city's first mayor.

Samuel and Jane Newman were the first owners of the Guest House, which was originally built in the mid-1840s as a one-and-a-half story, Greek Revival town house. The Newmans purchased the corner property in 1844 for $1,000 and sold it in November 1853 for $9,000. As originally built and documented in historic photographs, the Guest House resembled the nearby John Smith House, a smaller brick cottage at the southwest corner of North Pearl and Jefferson Streets. Samuel B. Newman was the grandson of Samuel Brooks, the first mayor of Natchez. Newman was a Natchez merchant who founded the business establishment of Stockman and Newman and also served as sheriff of Adams County. In the early 1850s, he relocated to New Orleans and established the firm of S. B. Newman and Company. (The Newmans are buried in New Orleans.)
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The Ullman Room

Room: 152
Bed Type: King
The Guest House was the residence of the prominent merchant family of Jacob and Leah Ullman from 1871 until 1884.

Jacob and Leah Ullman acquired the Guest House as their residence in 1871 and lived there until their deaths, in 1880 and 1873 respectively. Their heirs sold the property in 1884. Jacob Ullman, was the patriarch of the prominent Ullman family in Natchez and was one of many Jewish immigrants who came to the Natchez area before the Civil War. He was born in Germany in 1805 and came to America from Alsace in 1852. He settled first in nearby Port Gibson, but, in 1870, relocated to Natchez, where several of his children had already achieved success in the mercantile world. His son Samuel Ullman, who moved to Natchez in 1865 and established the mercantile house of Ullman and Laub, was instrumental in the establishment of Temple B'Nai Israel. Samuel Ullman later moved to Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as President of the Board of Education and as a city alderman. He wrote the well known poem, "Youth," which has been published in many languages and was a favorite poem of General Douglas MacArthur. Jacob and Leah Ullman's son Marcus Maximillian Ullman founded the well known department store, M. M. Ullman & Co., which operated for more than a century in downtown Natchez. (Jacob and Leah Ullman are buried in the Natchez City Cemetery.)
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The Varina Davis Room

Room: 251
Bed Type: Two Full Four-Poster
Varina Howell Davis, wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, was born and married in Natchez at the house known as The Briers.

Varina Howell Davis was born in 1826 to William Burr Howell and Margaret Louisa Kempe at their Natchez home, The Briers. The Howells were close friends of Joseph Davis, older brother of Jefferson Davis. While visiting Joseph Davis's Hurricane Plantation in Warren County, Varina met Joseph's brother, the widower Jefferson Davis, who was eighteen years her senior. On February 26, 1845, Varina Howell and Jefferson Davis married in the front parlor of The Briers. She was the educated and intellectual daughter of a Whig family, and Davis was a Democrat. In 1861, after a distinguished career as Secretary of War and a United States Senator, Davis assumed the office of President of the Confederate States of America. After the Civil War and following several business disappointments, the Davises settled at Beauvoir on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. After her husband's death in 1889, Varina Davis established Beauvoir as a Confederate veterans' home and moved to New York City, where she carved out her own career as a writer for magazines and periodicals. She died in New York in 1905 and is buried with her husband in Richmond, Virginia, once the capital of the Confederacy.
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The William Johnson Room

Room: 156
Bed Type: King Four-Poster Rice
Born a slave, barber William Johnson penned a diary that chronicles his extraordinary rise from slave to successful businessman and also provides the most complete account of the life of a free black in the antebellum South.

William Johnson was born a slave in Natchez in 1809 and was freed by his white owner, who was probably his father. He learned the trade of barbering and, by the 1840s, had become a farmer as well as an urban businessman. Johnson was murdered in 1851, and a published eulogy testifies to the high regard in which he was held by the local community. Despite public outrage, the legal restrictions of race prevented the conviction of his murderer. Under Mississippi law, a black man, slave or free, could not testify in court against a white man, and the only witnesses to the crime were black. The defense of the murderer rested solely on his supposed whiteness. In 1951, exactly one hundred years after Johnson's death, Louisiana State University Press published his 2,000-page diary. His business acumen and the conduct of his life assured his position at the top of his social class, and his personal account of that life secured him an important place in American history. Johnson's diary provides the most complete account of the life of a free black in the antebellum South. (William Johnson is buried in the Natchez City Cemetery.)
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